Tony Award-Winning ‘Annie’ Coming to River Campus Stage Feb. 20-24



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 6, 2013 — The Broadway classic and Tony Award-winning musical “Annie” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-21 and Feb. 23, 8 p.m. Feb. 22 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus.

This musical is a familiar show for kids of all ages, who will laugh and cry with little orphan Annie and the hilarious characters in this fantastic show. The musical will feature songs such as “Hard-Knock Life,” “Tomorrow” and “Easy Street.”

This rollicking musical is based on the 1930s “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip. The performance will follow charming 11-year old Annie from her dismal orphanage days with the mean Miss Hanagan, to becoming the darling sweetheart of Daddy Warbucks and President Franklin Roosevelt.

Philip Nacy, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, said, “This will be a delightful and fun evening guaranteed to please the entire family.”

Christopher Pickart is serving as the guest designer for “Annie.” Pickart was a freelance designer located in New York City for many years and a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., before coming to the University of Tennessee in 2005. He has designed numerous Off-Broadway shows including the critically acclaimed “End of the World Party” at the 47th Street Theatre, and “Always…Patsy Cline” at the Variety Arts Theatre. Other Off-Broadway shows include the long running “Perfect Crime,” “The Bench,” “Between Daylight and Booneville,” “Washington Heights,” “Savage in Limbo” and “Independence” by Lee Blessing. Pickart has designed the New York premieres of “Hidden in this Picture” and “What is this Thing,” by Emmy Award-winning writer/director Aaron Sorkin. He has also designed the world premiere of “Heaven and the Homeboy,” directed by Tony Award-winning director/choreographer George Faison.

Regionally, Pickart has designed more than 150 shows at theatres across the country. Recent designs include productions at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival; the Tony Award-winning Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn.; Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, Pa.; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland, Ohio; Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis; City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Virginia Stage Company; Olney Theatre Centre in Washington, D.C.; and the Coast Playhouse in Los Angeles, Calif.; among many others. In 1997-1999, Pickart was the recipient of the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group’s Young Designers’ Fellowship. He has been nominated in the Outstanding Scenic Design category twice for the Barrymore Awards in Philadelphia and twice for the Kevin Kline Awards in St. Louis.

Tickets are on Sale Now.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at